As a kid I wasn’t even allowed near the microwave without supervision, mostly because my family was scared of it. I didn’t learn how to cook much until my late 20s. I had a baby and it dawned on me that I couldn’t feed my kids the same junk I was used to eating. So I had to learn how to cook actual food. Crazy, right? Thankfully this was about the same time that cooking blogs were becoming a big thing. I credit their hard work for showing me that I could cook meals without getting totally overwhelmed.

Fast forward a few years and I have developed some, okay a lot of food allergies. And I went vegan over a year ago. Now I want to share what I’ve learned and hopefully help people feed themselves and their families a healthy plant-based diet without emptying their bank accounts.

I live in Charlotte, NC where we are lucky enough to have ALDI, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Earth Fare, and Whole Foods. It’s like vegan heaven but you have to know how to shop for bargains and when to splurge on a treat or two.

Outside of cooking, I have 2 kids (who are constantly eating!) and am married. We homeschool/unschool and believe learning is a lifelong goal. We have a large and sometimes cranky orange cat. I also enjoy knitting, reading, sewing, and trying to keep plants alive.

I have an MA in Sociology so I’m not a dietician or anything remotely medical (insert the standard tag line here about not taking anything I say as medical advice).

Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Completed
October 2019, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies